Buy A Warhammer 40k Space Marine Chapter For $11K

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Buy A Warhammer 40k Space Marine Chapter For $11K

Wanna start a collection?

Perhaps you've marched a few crusades in Dawn of War, or read a few Black Library books and decided that it's time to get into this whole Warhammer 40k thing. You've looked at the Assault on Black Reach starter set and decided that it's too simplified. Thankfully, Games Workshop has just the product for you: an entire Space Marine chapter, all for a cool $11,690.

Games Workshop is releasing the megapack along with the recently updated codex rulebook and unit lineup. The 1,200 unit set is supposed to represent the Ultramarine chapter as it landed at the Battle of Orar's Sepulchre 888.M41. It includes 10 full companies of Ultramarines, comprised of 39 space marine squads, 13 Dreadnoughts, 11 Land Speeders, and 47 Rhino transports (among many, many others). It also includes new units like the Hunter and Stalker tanks.

While the game's voluminous lore can certainly be enjoyable, half the fun is creating your own Space Marine chapter, complete with backstory and color scheme. However you choose to color it, you're going to need a lot of paint. After you spend the requisite couple hundred hours assembling and painting your eunuch army, you're now ready for a full-scale game of 40k Apocalypse, assuming you can find anyone with enough models to join you.

If you decide to drop a sizable portion of your annual income on this package, Games Workshop will gladly contact you personally to arrange delivery. Where you're going to put it afterwards is your problem.

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I wanted to get into W40K, but the prices for the figures are so absurd, I couldn't do it. 11K is probably what the entire chapter would cost in individual packs.

If I had the 11K to just blow, my reaction would be this "Got any chapters that don't suck as an option? Cuase fuck the Ultra Smurfs"

$11,690 for 1200 units?

Not at all precise math means that each unit is 10 bucks.

I'm not sure if that's more or less than the normal prices, but damn is that expensive.

I thought this would be paying $11k to have your chapter added to the lore of the game, was a tad disappointed. Also, isn't a Chapter only 1,000 marines? Why is this one 20% overmanned (probably even more so given how most of vehicles have a crew of 1-3 each)?

shintakie10:
$11,690 for 1200 units?

Not at all precise math means that each unit is 10 bucks.

I'm not sure if that's more or less than the normal prices, but damn is that expensive.

I think that would vary per unit, it might be less cost-efficient than buying regular packs for the basic Marines, but it's probably way more cost-efficient for the Tanks, Land Raiders & other vehicles.

shintakie10:
$11,690 for 1200 units?

Not at all precise math means that each unit is 10 bucks.

I'm not sure if that's more or less than the normal prices, but damn is that expensive.

That's normal prices.

I checked out their webpage the other day and their boxed army sets are the same prices as if you bought all the figures individually.

There's absolutely no discount here whatsoever.

Lunar Templar:
If I had the 11K to just blow, my reaction would be this "Got any chapters that don't suck as an option? Cuase fuck the Ultra Smurfs"

you're always free to make up your own, its what a lot of people do.

Windknight:

Lunar Templar:
If I had the 11K to just blow, my reaction would be this "Got any chapters that don't suck as an option? Cuase fuck the Ultra Smurfs"

you're always free to make up your own, its what a lot of people do.

I was planning to make a WAGs chapter...

... but they beat me to it.

I sold off my Blood Angels years ago for like 200.

I think I had; 5 squads, 3 tanks, a bike squad, a jumper/jetpack squad, 2 landspeeders, about 5 unique leader units including the head Blood Angel and a a small bunch of scenery. I also used to have 2 squads of Dark Eldar for targets.

I probably only ever actually played in Games Workshop like twice in my life.

I suppose I liked the actual building of army more than I liked playing the game.

Lunar Templar:
If I had the 11K to just blow, my reaction would be this "Got any chapters that don't suck as an option? Cuase fuck the Ultra Smurfs"

I would happily spend 11K if I had it on the Angry Marines and then I would rock each and every local battle.

"These kits comes supplied unpainted and require assembly - we recommend using Citadel Plastic Glue, Citadel Super Glue and Citadel Paints... and you're going to need lots!"
So add the rest of your yearly income to the price along with all your time.

That's amazing, but why did it have to be Ultrasmurfs?

I want something like a thousand unit Ork army, basically eight or nine hundred Orc figures and a couple of giant crates of random bits to glue onto fifty or so generic chassis and a bunch of big Stompas too. Much more interesting.

Or Tyranids, or Tau, Eldar, Space Wolves...

shintakie10:
$11,690 for 1200 units?

Not at all precise math means that each unit is 10 bucks.

I'm not sure if that's more or less than the normal prices, but damn is that expensive.

Its a huge price but you cannot really go by averaging it out per unit, some of the miniatures are fairly large and expensive like the ten (seriously, ten fugging Landraiders!) Landraider models which would be 45 each and the various Gunships (10 in total).

It also comes with some art prints, a copy of the smurfs Codex and a unique art book detailing all the individual heraldry and squad by squad and unit by unit markings for the entire Chapter.

You could buy 3D printer and hire an artist to design your own chapter for that much. Its a shame i could probably quite enjoy Warhammer, if not take it seriously, but every time i go and have a look, i just look at the prices and think fuck that.

Jesus. I know that Games Workshop gets a deserved bad rap for pricing models based on their ingame effectiveness rather than quality of workmanship, but this is fucking ludicrous even for them.

The worst part is that I know somebody is obsessive enough to actually buy it.

When I received the email touting this one a couple of days ago I honestly thought it was a joke, for a moment. There's something grotesque about GW pushing this ludicrous blob of plastic with a straight face, and I say that as someone who's spent a fair amount on 40K models over the last two decades.

Hey, give me a winning lottery ticket, swap to one of the cooler races (Tyranids, Tau, Imperial Guard etc.), offer to assemble and paint them for me (that looks like it'll take one hell of a long time), and you've got a deal my friend!

I've a feeling this would go over the 1500pt limit at my local club...

Bobic:
Hey, give me a winning lottery ticket, swap to one of the cooler races (Tyranids, Tau, Imperial Guard etc.), offer to assemble and paint them for me (that looks like it'll take one hell of a long time), and you've got a deal my friend!

Why would you want someone else to assemble your models? It's a miniatures game o_O that's like half the fun.

Yeah this doesn't really allure to me. No one plays games that large, so about 90% of this army would be very light paperweights. I'll stick to small purchases, thank you xP

Glad it's an option for those who like fun shelf displays, though.

A sad an lousy attempt from GW to stop their plumbeting sales and stop the players from leaving the sinking ship.

Your time's running out GW.

Ferisar:

Bobic:
Hey, give me a winning lottery ticket, swap to one of the cooler races (Tyranids, Tau, Imperial Guard etc.), offer to assemble and paint them for me (that looks like it'll take one hell of a long time), and you've got a deal my friend!

Why would you want someone else to assemble your models? It's a miniatures game o_O that's like half the fun.

Yes, that is half the fun, I know, I had a small tyranid army myself in my teen years. It stops becoming fun, for me at least, when you have to paint 1200 of the things. That's when it becomes a chore.

GW publicity stunt, but they need to rethink there whole business.

Windknight:

Lunar Templar:
If I had the 11K to just blow, my reaction would be this "Got any chapters that don't suck as an option? Cuase fuck the Ultra Smurfs"

you're always free to make up your own, its what a lot of people do.

for 11K i should be able to get exactly what I want -.-

And of course, Aussies get shafted on price, to the tune of 6k, just another reason GW is going bust here.

The whole point of this is that this is the first time they've precisely named everything a chapter might have available to bring onto the battlefield.
As it is unpainted and unassembled, and the majority of the pieces aren't chapter specific (other than the full set of Ultrasmurf characters) you don't HAVE to use them as Ultramarines, and I'm pretty sure that they're useful for conversion anyway.
I believe someone on Faeit212 calculated this to be a 11% discount - meaning that you can do better, certainly - but the convenience comes from the fact there's no way in hell that an online retailer would be able to give you all of this at once.
If you're really serious about anything like this, the only sound option is to buy this either because you've run out of anything else, and/or that you have the best gaming group ever so that you can paint this over a week as a team... because there's no way in hell anyone would be able to do this to a high standard by themselves.

TBH, what disappoints me about this is the lack of any cases or such to hold these in. I know you're nigh on NEVER going to bring this all to a store at once, but I think the display part of it is probably the hardest part when it comes to owning a Chapter - especially one where everything blurs together. (At least with the alternative chapters you can model your units differently - Smurfs be the same :( )

Lunar Templar:
If I had the 11K to just blow, my reaction would be this "Got any chapters that don't suck as an option? Cuase fuck the Ultra Smurfs"

...Hold that thought. There's the...


    [*]Imperial Fists
    [*]Iron Snakes
    [*]Salamanders
    [*]Iron Hands
    [*]Raven Guard
    [*]Crimson Fists
    [*]Exorcists
    [*]Death Spectres
    [*]BLUD REHVENS
    [*]Mortefactors
    [*]Astral Knights

AND LOADS MOAR!

(Note: All of these Chapters above could concievably be built with the Chapter Box and not including any add-on components or inappropriate models, such as the Black Templars and Space Wolves, as awesome as they are)

OT: Slow News Day? Because this has been kicking around since this weekend.

J Tyran:

Its a huge price but you cannot really go by averaging it out per unit, some of the miniatures are fairly large and expensive like the ten (seriously, ten fugging Landraiders!) Landraider models which would be 45 each and the various Gunships (10 in total).

That some figures are more expensive than others does not negate the accuracy of the "average cost per unit" figure.

Given that each marine figure retails for about $5 per, the volume of troop units will offset the expensive units like the landraiders. The average of $10 per figure is still technically correct.

The retail cost of the pack is also still the same as the retail cost of the individual units. That's been GW's practice for every other army box and they've no reason to offer any sort of discount for this specific bundle.

Coliumbos:

I believe someone on Faeit212 calculated this to be a 11% discount

Do you happen to have a link to that? I'd be interested in seeing their breakdown.

Thanks!

Or you could buy a car, or put a deposit on a house, or start a business.

I could go on.

bjj hero:
Or you could buy a car, or put a deposit on a house, or start a business.

I could go on.

Or not?

This line of thought is applicable to pretty much everything that people do. It doesn't actually devalue anything you're talking about.

Man and here I thought Magic the Gathering was expensive back in the day. I mean I love strategy games so I'd probably have a blast playing this, like back in the SNES days I used to love Ogre Battle and had always had fun breaking up all the units and reorganizing my 100-man army, but man is WH ever an expensive hobby.

Speaking of which while I wouldn't actually wish this on any company I'm kind of surprised there isn't (or maybe there is?) a counterfeit market for these figurines. If the little plastic models start at $5 you'd have to figure that someone in China or wherever could produce some knock off versions and make a buck selling them for much cheaper.

bjj hero:
Or you could buy a car, or put a deposit on a house, or start a business.

I could go on.

Yes, but will it satisfy your urge for plastic crack? My point is made.

I checked out the old GW store not long back, just to see some of the displays and newer minis. What I found was the prices had more than doubled and the Space Marines are now using giant robot baby carriers.

I'm glad I bailed out when I did.

Xan Krieger:
"These kits comes supplied unpainted and require assembly - we recommend using Citadel Plastic Glue, Citadel Super Glue and Citadel Paints... and you're going to need lots!"
So add the rest of your yearly income to the price along with all your time.

Decent plastic and superglues arent exactly rare or expensive. Especially compared to what GW thinks is decent value.

And my solution to the paint is to buy one pot of each colour you think youre going to need, then take it to one of those paint mixing machines at your local hardware store and come home with a couple of cans of that.

Seriously, one of the things that going to be GW's downfall is the increasing number of ways you can circumvent them. With 3D printing around the corner i wouldnt be surprised to see or hear of people scanning and printing out thier own models.

MinionJoe:

shintakie10:
$11,690 for 1200 units?

Not at all precise math means that each unit is 10 bucks.

I'm not sure if that's more or less than the normal prices, but damn is that expensive.

That's normal prices.

I checked out their webpage the other day and their boxed army sets are the same prices as if you bought all the figures individually.

There's absolutely no discount here whatsoever.

With the money I've already sunk into my Dark Angels that sounds about right. Combine that with the cost of paint and it hurts the hip pocket.

gigastar:

Xan Krieger:
"These kits comes supplied unpainted and require assembly - we recommend using Citadel Plastic Glue, Citadel Super Glue and Citadel Paints... and you're going to need lots!"
So add the rest of your yearly income to the price along with all your time.

Decent plastic and superglues arent exactly rare or expensive. Especially compared to what GW thinks is decent value.

And my solution to the paint is to buy one pot of each colour you think youre going to need, then take it to one of those paint mixing machines at your local hardware store and come home with a couple of cans of that.

Seriously, one of the things that going to be GW's downfall is the increasing number of ways you can circumvent them. With 3D printing around the corner i wouldnt be surprised to see or hear of people scanning and printing out thier own models.

Even then I'd want to pay extra just so someone would paint them, I've tried painting a squad of space marines and it went over about as well as a chainsword enema.

Noswad:
You could buy 3D printer and hire an artist to design your own chapter for that much. Its a shame i could probably quite enjoy Warhammer, if not take it seriously, but every time i go and have a look, i just look at the prices and think fuck that.

That's.....actually a reasonable idea.

If I had any talent in Autocad or some such I could see myself doing that.

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